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Nigeria, officially the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is a country in West Africa. It shares land borders with the Republic of Benin in the west, Chad and Cameroon in the east, Niger in the north, and borders the Gulf of Guinea in the south, and has an area of 923,768 km². With an estimated 170 million people as of 2012, Nigeria is the most populous country on the African continent, and the ninth most populous country in the world. A founding member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, it is one of the top ten oil producers in the world, but has been wracked by violence in the oil-rich Niger Delta, where locals demand a larger share of petroleum profits. The country has a mix of religions, including Christianity, Islam, and traditional beliefs, as well as a variety of ethnic groups, such as the Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba.

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Kano, as seen from Dalla Hill

Kano is the administrative center of the Kano State and the second largest city in Nigeria, in terms of geographical size, after Lagos. In population, it is the first most populous city in the country. Originally controlled by the Hausa, the city, along with the other Hausa states, was seized by Fulani radicals during the early nineteenth-century Fulani War and captured by the British in 1903. The city's traditional ruler is the Emir of Kano, and the current Emir, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has been on the throne since July 2014. Kano's history is detailed in the Kano Chronicle.

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Umaru Yar'Adua

Late Umaru Musa Yar'Adua (born 1951 in Katsina, Katsina State, Nigeria) was the 2nd President of Nigeria's Fourth Republic. He served as governor of Katsina State in northern Nigeria between May 29, 1999 and May 28, 2007 . He was declared the winner of the controversial Nigerian general election of 2007, held on April 21, and was sworn in on May 29, 2007. He was a member of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP). (more...)

Did you know...

  • ...that the Lagos Water Corporation is building its own power plant because power cuts have shut down their water treatment plants repeatedly?
  • ...that Bayajidda, the mythical ancestor of the Hausa people, is said to have fathered three children with three different women?
  • ...that of Nigeria's 521 languages, 9 are extinct and 2 are spoken only as second languages?
  • ...that the Defaka people are gradually abandoning their language in favor of the language of the Nkoroo, their close neighbors?
  • ...that the Area Boys are a gang of street children and teenagers who roam the streets of Lagos extorting money from passers-by?
  • ...that the name "Nigeria" was coined from two words "Niger" and "Area" meaning the people that dwell around Niger Area?

Nigeria's longest bridge is third mainland bridge? Third mainland bridge is one of the three bridges that joins Lagos island with mainland? The famous engineering firm Julis Berger constructed the bridge? Gen . Ibrahim Babangida commissioned the bridge in 1990? The bridge is 11.8km long? The bridge was the longest bridge in Africa until 1996? The official name of the bridge is Ibrahim Babangida bridge?

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Kwa Falls, a waterfall along the Kwa River in Cross River State.

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Politics 1st Republic | 2nd Republic | 3rd Republic | 4th Republic | Constitution | Political parties (PDP | ANPP | AC) | Elections
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Geography Adamawa Plateau | Jos Plateau | Niger Delta | Niger River | Mountains | Islands | Rivers | States | Cities | Local Government Areas
Economy Agriculture | Companies | Nigerian Naira | Petroleum in Nigeria | Central Bank of Nigeria | Stock Exchange
Society Demographics | Languages | Religion | Media | Education (Universities) | Holidays | Opinion polls
Culture Nigerian Pidgin English | Sport | Igbo mythology | Yoruba mythology | Music ( Jùjú | Afrobeat | Hip Hop) | Cinema | Literature (Poets) | Cuisine | Dance | Architecture
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Other Communications | Transportation (Highways | Airports) | List of Nigerians | Tourism | Conflict in the Niger Delta | Corruption in Nigeria | Ethnic organizations (MASSOB | MOSOP | Oodua Peoples Congress) | Ethnic groups | Crime | Advance fee fraud

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